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Uptown Albany is upset

My tenant and I were both away during the Monsoon rain we had this month. My two-family house had a basement full of water. Since we were away, we had no opportunity to do anything. The water has receded. (There is a drain in the basement floor) The water mark is about four feet from the floor. The boilers...

What is up with this hot water pilot?

My water heater pilot light goes out almost every day. The heater is only 5 years old and it says it is warranted for 10 years. I do not have the paperwork, nor do I know where it was purchased. Mac says: There are a couple of reasons this could be happening. First check the flue to make sure it is clear....

Broken keys in Lock… What to do?

One of my tenants broke a key off in the lock. What can I do besides calling a locksmith; they want quite a bit of money for a house call Mac Answers: Yes, unfortunately all tradesmen these days have huge overhead and they can no longer afford to give you a break on small simple jobs. It costs the plumber...

What to do about mold smell

Several issues ago we had a landlord with a mold smell problem in a camp. They called again and still had some residual odor. I did a little research and came up with a specialty product line that might be helpful. As you may know, I prefer not to suggest brand names because products often are cheapened down...

Is someone at the door?

Selkirk has a door bell problem: My door bell does not work, it is wired into something I am told is a transformer. Mac says: First check the circuit breaker or fuse to see if it is ok. If it is, check the push button itself. If it is cracked, corroded or loose, replace it. If that does not work, replace the...

What tools should I buy?

A brand new landlord, (the closing was last week), calls and asks: What tools should I buy? I don’t have any. My old landlord seemed to have tons of them. Now that I own a house I guess I should get my own. Mac answers: You old timers are going to love this. We all have tools which we use once every 5...

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